Blues boss Chris Powell was left to accept that his Southend side had been beaten by the better team after Plymouth put four past Blues in a 4-0 defeat at Home Park.
Two goals apiece from Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey rounded off an afternoon to forget for Powell’s side with the Blues boss describing Argyle as the “best side we’ve played.”
Following the defeat down in Devon, the Southend gaffer gave his thoughts to the press and began to look ahead Easter Monday’s game at home to Gillingham.
On the Plymouth defeat…
We played a very good team; I would say out the games we’ve had so far, they are the best side we’ve played.
[We made the] worst start possible. I knew there would be a reaction from them and I kept saying it was vitally important to make sure that we were in the game and best-laid plans went array early on. From that, we were always on the backfoot and they played particularly well.
For me at 1-0 down, the turning point was the chance for Woody [Anthony Wordsworth] that went across the face, but it was the shot from Dru [Yearwood] and the rebound from [Simon] Cox – you’ve got to take those when you come to a side who are aspiring to be in the top six and a good side, particularly at home.
They’ve been on a good run, I know they lost to Charlton last week, but in the main, they’ve been on a very good run and we paid the price for that.
On the Taylor and Turner incident…
They had an old-fashioned battle, the two of them. I felt they got away with a bit more which happens, you’re away from home and their quite of vociferous crowd here but the referee handled it well.
Was it an elbow? I don’t know, but Michael’s not the type to go down and that was my argument. He doesn’t go down, he’s an old-school centre-back and he decided to give him a yellow.
I think if you raise your arms then it’s not a yellow, he made his decision and you have to abide by that and move on.
On the Gillingham game…
The good thing for us is it’s a quick turnaround, we won't dwell on it too much. Even though I’m unhappy about it now and Saturday and Sunday won’t be too great.
We’ve got another game now, almost a local derby, and there’s a lot of links between the two clubs. We’ve just got to move on from it very quickly today.
Whatever 11 goes out there, whatever 11 kicks off at 3 o’clock they’ve got to be right. We’ve got to bounce back and bounce back quickly, they always do that. We’ve only had one set back before that today and we had a positive result after it, we’ve got to do the same again come Monday.